2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9 Cover Image
2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9
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Zach Eflin Headshot

Eflin was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Eflin was torched at home by the Reds to the tune of seven earned runs on nine hits -- including four long balls -- over five innings Sunday. Considering the 23-year-old is now 0-3 with a bloated 6.13 ERA and 11 homers allowed in 47 innings (eight starts), the team has decided to send him down to get his game straightened out. Eflin's replacement in the rotation has not yet been announced.
5:44 pm (EST)
Adam Warren Headshot

Warren pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to collect his first save of the season during Sunday's win over Oakland.

Dellin Betances threw 24 pitches over 1.2 innings to finish off Oakland on Saturday, but the Yankees didn't wind up needing him Sunday. Warren recorded the final out in the top of the eighth, and the Yankees stretched their two-run advantage to four in the bottom half. Warren remained on the hill in the ninth to lock down the four-run victory. He sports a serviceable 2.73 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 7.9 K/9, but he probably won't pitch in enough late-game situations to provide many chances to earn wins or saves going forward.
5:34 pm (EST)
Aaron Judge Headshot

Judge went 2-for-4 with a grand slam during Sunday's win over Oakland.

This was just the third round tripper through the past 20 games for Judge, as he's beginning to cool off after his torrid early-season pace. However, he went 22-for-71 (.310 batting average) during that 20-game stretch to continue moving the fantasy needle. There are likely to be more peaks and valleys over the coming months, but Judge's playing time isn't in jeopardy at this point, so he should power his way out of any slumps in short order.
5:20 pm (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout sprained his left thumb Sunday against the Marlins and should be considered day-to-day.

X-rays on Trout's thumb came back negative, which is good news, but the results of an MRI will indicate how severe of a sprain he's dealing with. As such, the star center fielder's timetable for returning to action remains unclear until the team releases news from the test. Look for an update on Trout prior to the start of Monday night's series opener against the Braves.
5:20 pm (EST)
Khris Davis Headshot

Davis went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs during Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

The slugger is turning in another solid three-category season with 15 homers, 31 RBI and 28 runs. Davis isn't going to help in batting average (.227) and has just a single stolen base, but his power upside and placement in the middle of the lineup will keep his fantasy value high.
5:11 pm (EST)
Andrew Triggs Headshot

Triggs (5-4) allowed six runs -- just one earned -- on six hits and a walk while striking out three batters during Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

A few timely errors led to five unearned runs and a loss for Triggs. The Yankees are the highest-scoring team in the American League, so giving them additional chances won't often end well. Triggs has now lost consecutive games after allowing five earned runs to the Red Sox last Sunday. Overall it's been a solid start to 2017, as he's posted a 3.39 FIP and 1.14 WHIP for the season, which highlights that there's some sustainability to his sterling 2.64 ERA. Still, it isn't out of the question to fade the youngster against daunting opponents. His upcoming date with the Nationals likely qualifies.
5:05 pm (EST)
Michael Pineda Headshot

Pineda (6-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on three hits and three walks while striking out five batters over six innings during Sunday's win over Oakland.

It was just the second start all season in which Pineda didn't allow a home run, and if he can continue to limit the long ball, the 28-year-old righty should keep piling up wins. The Yankees are the highest-scoring team in the American League, and Pineda's 10.0 K/9 and 50.9 percent groundball rate have paved the way to a 3.32 ERA. He lines up to face Toronto at the Rogers Centre in his next trip to the hill.
4:48 pm (EST)
Michael Conforto Headshot

Conforto is not in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Sunday.

The outfielder has started the last 14 games but has gone just 2-for-14 over his last three, so manager Terry Collins has opted to give him a rest. Conforto's spot in left field will be taken over by Curtis Granderson in the evening contest against the Bucs, and Juan Lagares will enter the lineup in center.
4:43 pm (EST)
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